May 18, 2024

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Well known Deli-Licious Italian Pork Retail outlet and DeFilippi’s Bakery for sale

MIDDLETOWN — House owners of two Italian meals venues labored their buns off for extra than a few a long time. Now, they are hoping to pass the companies they built on to new possession. 

Renowned Deli-Licious Italian Pork Retailer on Dolson Avenue has closed and DeFilippi’s Bakery on East Principal Street will stay open up in Middletown as both corporations are on the current market. The house owners, all Italian immigrants, are looking for potential buyers to proceed the legacy of the city’s two mainstays. 

“They say, ‘What do you retire for?’ I feel the burn up. I’m tired,” owner Giovanni Papandrea said. “I appreciate what I do.”

Michael Papandrea works at his family's Famous Deli-Licious Italian Pork Store on Dec. 11.

The Italian pork keep closed its doors Dec. 20 right after 32 a long time of operation. After being busier than ever mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Papandrea and his wife, Carmela, are exhausted.

But their buyers usually are not exhausted of eating their solutions or chatting with them driving the counter. And Papandrea options to continue selling his olive oil and diminished balsamic on the net. 

Sandra Montoya packs cakes at DeFilippi's Bakery in Middletown on December 15.

“Not only do I occur in below for the foods, but I appear in right here for the enterprise,” reported Tony Yovino, of Slate Hill, a Popular Deli-Licious shopper for far more than 20 years. She stopped in on a Thursday to stock up on some warm sausage and ravioli. 

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DeFilippis has been for sale for more than a few many years via term of mouth, and has been mentioned on the marketplace for a lot more than a yr. Homeowners (and brothers-in-legislation) John Siena and Vinnie Fratto lessened the value on their property about the summertime when a true estate deal fell as a result of in May due to the pandemic. 

Leroy Mckie, left, and his cousin Alison McKay, center, pay for their orders with John Papandrea Jr., right. The Famous Deli-Licious Italian Pork Store on Dolson Avenue closed its doors after 32 years in operation.

The bakery stays open up till Siena and Fratto come across the suitable purchaser, they claimed. 

The entrepreneurs of the two enterprises stated they’ve worked very long hrs for lots of years, and they are ready to shift on. They hope to pass on their abilities and traditions to a vibrant-eyed entrepreneur who is ready to get the job done tricky. 

“Are we likely to obtain that person that is heading to be dedicated to functioning 12-13 hrs a working day? We are going to try out,” Siena stated. “But we are certainly not going to close and stroll away.”

DeFilippi's Bakery on East Main Street will remain open in Middletown while the business is up for sale.

Expressing howdy to retirement

Giovanni Papandrea opened his Italian pork retailer with his brother, Dominick, 32 a long time ago. His brother has considering that retired, and Papandrea has stored the shop operating with the enable of his wife and their a few young children, John Jr., Michael and Lisa. 

He opened his to start with retail outlet, an Italian Salumeria, as a 17-calendar year-old, a several decades following immigrating from Calabria, Italy to the U.S. in 1967. Papandrea brought the store from Brooklyn to Orange County in 1988, where he has fortunately stayed since.